Your legs work hard in the saddle when you’re climbing or sprinting , or just going the distance. Meanwhile, your core works to keep you stable and cycling efficiently, while your upper body helps you maintain a strong posture and better bike handling. To keep everything performing during challenging rides, you need strength-training workouts on your schedule.
One strength-building technique that helps you handle the demands of every mile: eccentric exercises. This type of exercise, sometimes referred to as negative reps, involves focusing on the downward phase of an exercise, like when you lower into a squat .
Here’s what you need to know about eccentric exercise, including how to add it to your workouts and how it can benefit your rides.
what are drop sets What are eccentric exercises?
Eccentric exercises are essentially movements that build strength in the lengthening phase or the downward motion of an exercise. (Concentric exercises, on the other hand, focus on working the muscle in the shortening or upward phase.)
Take, for example, a bench press: Concentric contraction occurs during the upward press motion, and eccentric action occurs when you’re lowering the weight down toward your chest . (There’s a third type of exercise, isometric , which involves holding the exercise in one position.) Similarly, in a deadlift , lowering yourself down into the hinge is the eccentric phase, and standing back up is the concentric phase.
isometric exercises Why do cyclists need eccentric exercises? “By slowing down the eccentric part of some exercises, you […]